drop

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass a drop of rain
(2) drops plural : a dose of medicine measured by drops eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye
b : a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible not a drop of meanness in her
c : a small quantity of drink hasn't touched a drop of alcohol in three years
d : the smallest practical unit of liquid measure
2 : something that resembles a liquid drop: such as
a : a pendent ornament attached to a piece of jewelry also : an earring with such a pendant
b : a small globular cookie or candy sucking on lemon drops
3 [drop entry 2]
a : the act or an instance of dropping : fall a sudden, short drop in an elevator
b : a decline in quantity or quality His income took a sudden drop. a drop in demand
c : a descent by parachute also : the people or equipment dropped by parachute expecting another drop this week
d : a place or central depository to which something (such as mail, money, or stolen property) is brought for distribution or transmission left the package at the drop also : the act of depositing something at such a place made the drop
4a : the distance from a higher to a lower level or through which something drops It's a twenty-foot drop from the top of the fence. a steep drop
b electrical engineering : a decrease in electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2b)
5 : a slot into which something is to be dropped
6 [drop entry 2] : something that drops, hangs, or falls: such as
a : a movable plate that covers the keyhole of a lock
b : an unframed piece of cloth stage scenery also : drop curtain
c : a hinged platform on a gallows
d : a fallen fruit
7 : the advantage of having an opponent covered (see cover entry 1 sense 1b(2)) with a firearm broadly : advantage, superiority usually used in the phrase get the drop on waiting to get the drop on me
8 : a move back from the line of scrimmage (as in preparation for making a forward pass) a quick drop
at the drop of a hat
: as soon as the slightest provocation is given : immediately loses her temper at the drop of a hat
drop in the bucket
: a part so small as to be negligible

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to fall in drops
2a(1) : to fall (see fall entry 1 sense 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly The book dropped from her hand.
(2) : to descend (see descend sense 1) from one line or level to another the land drops to sea level
b : to fall in a state of collapse (see collapse entry 2 sense 1b) or death dropped from exhaustion
c of a playing card : to become played by reason of the obligation to follow suit
d : to fall or roll into a hole or basket
3 : to enter or pass as if without conscious effort of will (see will entry 2 sense 4a) into some state, condition, or activity dropped into sleep
4a : to cease to be of concern : lapse let the matter drop
b : to pass from view or notice : disappear often used with out drop out of sight
c : to become less production dropped often used with off
5 nautical : to move with a favoring wind or current usually used with down We dropped down the harbor.
6 informal : to be released to the public His latest solo album dropped in August …— Ed Rampell The second Podcast drops Nov. 14 and can be downloaded free …— Langston Wertz Jr. There's also something to be said for jumping on a subscription for a month or two, say when a big, new game drops.— Adam Rosenberg

transitive verb

1 : to let fall : cause to fall dropped the ball dropping bombs on the city
2a : give up sense 2, abandon drop an idea drop the charges
b : discontinue dropped what she was doing
c : to break off an association or connection with : dismiss drop her old friends was dropped by his sponsors students who dropped the class
3a : to utter or mention in a casual way drop a suggestion drop names
b : write drop us a line soon
4a : to lower or cause to descend from one level or position to another drop the hem two inches drop the water level
b : to cause to lessen or decrease : reduce dropped his speed
5 of an animal : to give birth to
6a : lose dropped three games dropped $50 in a poker game
b : spend drop $20 for lunch
c : to get rid of dropped 20 pounds
7a : to bring down with a shot or a blow dropped the buck with one shot dropping the world champion in the ring
b card games : to cause a cardholder to unwillingly play (a high card) dropped her ace
c : to toss or roll into a hole or basket drop a putt
8a : to deposit or deliver during a usually brief stop usually used with off drop the kids off at school
b : air-drop drop the supplies to the medical team
9 : to cause (the voice) to be less loud
10a linguistics : to leave (a letter representing a speech sound) unsounded drop the g in running
b : to leave out in writing : omit accidentally dropped a whole line
11 : to draw from an external point drop a perpendicular to the line
12 : to take (a drug) orally : swallow drop acid
drop a dime
: to inform authorities (such as the police) of another's wrongdoing
drop behind
: to fail to keep up
drop the ball
: to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action

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Other Words from drop

Verb

droppable \ ˈdrä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drop (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for drop

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of drop in a Sentence

Noun He squeezed the bottle until a few drops came out. She doesn't have a single drop of selfishness in her. The poet wrings the last drop of meaning from every word. Verb Be careful not to drop the chair on your foot. She dropped the apple core into the trash can. They dropped bombs on the city. He dropped the vase and it shattered into pieces. The player dropped the ball. The pen rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor. The book dropped from my hand. The ball dropped between the right and center fielders. She was so tired she felt she would drop. He worked until he dropped.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yasmani Grandal hit into two of the double plays and saw his average drop to .122. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Tony La Russa stuck with Lucas Giolito too long — and it cost the Chicago White Sox," 28 Apr. 2021 For something on the less pricey but just as beautiful side, opt for these pretty pearl-and-gold dew drop earrings ($290 for the pair) or short pearl shower earrings ($190 for the pair). Cory Baldwin, Forbes, "The Best Gifts For Pregnant Women, According To A Mom-To-Be," 28 Apr. 2021 Researchers suspected that unregulated beluga hunting led to the drop, but even after the hunting ceased, the beluga population continued to decline, Gill said. Anchorage Daily News, "As endangered beluga whales head up the Kenai River, committed volunteers help ‘unravel the puzzle’," 28 Apr. 2021 Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman and a prolific songwriter for the likes of Beyoncé, Adele and Taylor Swift, partnered with Swiss street artist Bustart on his NFT drop. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, "Ryan Tedder on NFTs: ‘I’m Doing the Exact Opposite of What I’ve Done My Entire Career’," 27 Apr. 2021 To follow up his Christie’s NFT drop, Winkelmann is releasing a Spring Collection on Friday, April 30 on the NFT site Nifty Gateway. Time, "The Story Behind TIME and Beeple's Future of Business Cover," 27 Apr. 2021 Three states saw their population drop during the last decade — West Virginia’s population shrunk by 3.2%, Mississippi’s by 0.2%, and Illinois's by 0.1%. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Census data reveals population growth at slowest pace in decades," 27 Apr. 2021 The wave has shown signs of peaking — with the state on Monday reporting a drop to 7% in the positivity rate of COVID-19 testing and a decline from 699 hospitalizations on April 13 to 613 on Sunday. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Youth sports groups question Minnesota COVID-19 restrictions," 27 Apr. 2021 The reasons for the drop, area child experts say, include the isolation families have experienced, a decline in kids’ routine visits to pediatricians and wavering school attendance. The Enquirer, "COVID-19 aftermath: Is child abuse going unnoticed due to pandemic isolation, weariness?," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first four pieces up for auction will be NFTs that will drop on Rarible on May 6 at 3:30 PST. Tanya Klich, Forbes, "Dole Teams Up With ‘Hungry Artist’ Who Ate $120,000 Banana At Miami Art Basel 2019 For NFT Collection," 28 Apr. 2021 Food stamp benefits are loaded monthly on to swipe cards given to Alaskans who need help, and if deposits suddenly drop, demand at food banks across the state will soar. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Senate prepares for final vote on COVID-19 emergency bill, with millions in aid at stake," 28 Apr. 2021 Florida Republicans’ proposals include restrictions on activity that could influence voters within 150 feet of a polling place or drop box. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Florida GOP Lawmakers Advance Voting-Law Changes," 28 Apr. 2021 The school commissioned CarrSports, led by former UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway as managing partner, to submit a report, which concluded that Hartford is losing $13 million a year on its athletic programs and should drop down. Lori Riley, courant.com, "West Hartford celebrates the University of Hartford men’s basketball team’s historic NCAA berth," 28 Apr. 2021 Lana Del Rey has seemingly revealed the title of her upcoming album, Blue Banisters, which will drop on July 4, according to her Twitter and Instagram. Charu Sinha, Vulture, "Lana Del Rey Announces Another New Album, Blue Banisters," 28 Apr. 2021 Add the peppercorns, bay leaf, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and squeeze a quarter of the lemon into the pot and then drop the quarter into the pot. Washington Post, "Crispy fish and mashed potato cakes are a fresh take on a thrifty throwback," 28 Apr. 2021 Secretly record your friend’s confession to the murder and anonymously drop the tape off at the police station. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "Are You a People Pleaser?: A Quiz," 27 Apr. 2021 And the early evidence is that antibiotics prescriptions did drop. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid Lockdowns Prevented Other Infections. Is That Good?," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of drop

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for drop

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English dropa; akin to Old High German tropfo drop

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Time Traveler for drop

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The first known use of drop was before the 12th century

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1 May 2021

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More Definitions for drop

drop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape
informal : a small amount of a drink
: a small amount of something (such as a quality)

drop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to let (something) fall
: to fall
: to lie down or fall down suddenly

drop

noun
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Kids Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape
2 drops plural : liquid medicine measured by drops ear drops
3 : something (as a small round candy) that is shaped like a liquid drop
4 : a small amount I'll have just a drop of tea.
5 : the distance of a fall a 20-foot drop
6 : a decrease in amount or quality a drop in sales
7 : an act of delivering something : a place where something is left to be picked up a mail drop

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Kids Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fall or let fall often by accident I dropped my ice cream cone!
2 : to go down suddenly The cliff drops straight down.
3 : to go or make lower The temperature dropped. He dropped his voice.
4 : to become less or make less Business has dropped.
6 : disappear sense 1 They dropped out of sight.
7 : to stop or let end Let the matter drop.
8 : quit Don't drop out of school.
9 : to make a brief visit We dropped in on a friend.
10 : to deliver with a quick stop Mom dropped us off at school.
11 : send sense 1 Drop me a note.
drop off
: to fall asleep

drop

noun
\ ˈdräp How to pronounce drop (audio) \

Medical Definition of drop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass
b drops plural : a dose of medicine measured by drops eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye
2 : the smallest practical unit of liquid measure that varies in size according to the specific gravity and viscosity of the liquid and to the conditions under which it is formed — compare minim

drop

verb
dropped; dropping

Medical Definition of drop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall in drops

transitive verb

1 of an animal : to give birth to lambs dropped in June
2 : to take (a drug) orally drop acid

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